Meet our trustees
Our Trustees are a passionate and highly experienced group of individuals who meet formally four times a year to ensure that nothing but the best decisions are made for 3Pillars and its staff, volunteers, and participants.
They have many years of experience in relevant sectors, from education, sport and the Armed Forces, to law and risk management.
Below you will find a short biography of our Trustees, without whom our work would not be possible.
William joined the team as the Chair of the Trustees after attending a number of 3 Pillars’ events and meeting one of the 3 Pillars’ participants who visited his offices for two weeks of work experience. William is the CEO of a commercial barristers’ chambers and previously worked in financial services and corporate PR. Prior to that he served in the British Army. His last role as an Army Officer was Equerry to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (now The King and The Queen Consort).
Louis joined 3Pillars as a Trustee in 2020. Specialising in youth development and mentoring through sport, Louis currently runs his own community sports organisation called 'Let's Get Active (LGA)' which uses sport to engage with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing support, and sport-based mentoring. He also works with an array of elite athletes, helping them develop their personal brands and careers outside of sport. Louis is a PhD candidate, researching the impact of sports programs on young people and their scope to prevent youth street gang involvement. Louis is passionate about growing the 3Pillars project by contributing with his extensive knowledge on sports-based mentoring, youth development, and his array of lived experiences as a young man from Peckham, South London.
Kate joins the team from a legal background. She works for a large law firm in London, specialising in family law, and has a longstanding interest in the impact of early life and childhood trauma on future life chances. She also has previous experience as a charitable trustee.
Derrick Dale KC
Derrick has practised commercial law at Fountain Court Chambers since 1990 and he has been a silk since 2010. Derrick first engaged with 3Pillars after making a charitable donation to the project in 2016. He was then invited to attend our delivery in prison at the time and he subsequently became a trustee in 2018. He believes that the strength of 3Pillars’ model lies in its ability to provide focused sports programmes, mentoring and real-life opportunities both in prison and outside. Whilst there are no quick fixes, Derrick believes 3Pillars provides a much needed platform for individuals who want to change their attitudes and alter their life chances. The model has shown it can have a transformative effect in a sector which needs all the input it can get. As a trustee, he seeks to engage at ground level and to provide input into legal, commercial and governance matters. Derrick is also a Bencher of the Middle Temple and is the Joint Chair of the Middle Temple LGBTQ+ Forum.
Rob joins 3Pillars as a trustee with a particular focus on strategy, operations, and challenge. Rob currently works as a Principal Consultant for PA Consulting. Rob has previously been with the Ministry of Defence focussing on strategy and leadership training. He also has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director of a Multi-Academy Schools Trust.
Tom is a former professional rugby player having played for London Irish for 6 - 7 years and London Scottish and was part of the England U20 world cup team in 2013. Since retiring from rugby Tom has established a career in the property industry and has an MBA in construction and real estate. He now works as a Head of Residential Development for a property development firm based in London. Tom has been involved with the 3 Pillars project since he retired from professional rugby in 2018 including assisting with fundraising efforts, helping with community coaching and attending several 3 Pillars’ events. He is passionate about the positive and transformative impact of sport and the work that 3 Pillars carries out.
Helen Whitehouse OBE
Helen works for the Department for Culture, specifically working with the museums sector and previously worked in various roles in and across the criminal justice system having started working life in the probation service. She received for her work an OBE in 2020. Helen was introduced to 3 Pillars through a volunteering day and is passionate about its mission, having always had a strong belief in the impact of meaningful and positive intervention, engagement and rehabilitation. She was a school governor in Stockwell for 13 years and is currently also a trustee at Southwark Playhouse
Trustee Board Advisor
Silvia Galimberti joined the team in February 2023. She is a sociologist and criminologist with experience in criminal justice research and policy analysis. Most of her research interests and work has revolved around issues related to the death penalty, prison reform, organised crime, and law enforcement cooperation. She holds an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously Silvia worked as a Consultant at RAND International and also completed an Internship with the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Intern with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Our work with young people is extremely important and it is essential that we are a charity that is trustworthy for them and for everyone involved. Our trustees refer to the Charity Governance Code for best practice and ensure we are keeping our practices up to date. This includes our safeguarding policy which you can view here.
We have achieved the Charity Excellence Quality Mark, highlighting our exceptional management and recognising the outstanding efforts of our staff and volunteers. The accolade underscores the our commitment to excellence across all fronts. From promoting good governance and effective strategy to adept leadership, efficient operations, resource management, income maximization, and strong communication, we excel in every aspect. We also perform impressively in crucial crisis health check indicators, ensuring maximum impact, short-term resilience, long-term sustainability, effective funding allocation, legal compliance, and safety protocols. This recognition underscores our holistic dedication to our mission and the outstanding contributions of our team.